European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions
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The European Sectoral Social Dialogue for Agriculture from a Trade Union Perspective


For almost 50 years, the European Social Dialogue Committee for Agriculture has regularly brought together employer and worker representatives from European Union Member States to discuss the social problems faced by workers in the agricultural sector and to develop, call for and implement joint solutions to these problems.

Europe’s agricultural social partners will mark the Committee’s half-centenary against the backdrop of the euro and financial crisis and the upcoming reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). It is therefore a particularly good time to agree on future solutions and get to grips with the challenges ahead.

The 50th anniversary of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for Agriculture comes at a time when the future of the CAP in Europe is being contemplated. EFFAT is committed to ensuring that the voices of the agricultural social partners are heard during these discussions.

The agricultural sectoral social dialogue is an autonomous social dialogue between employers’ associations and trade unions. It is conducted autonomously and is organised and supported by the European Commission.

EFFAT is the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions. As a European Trade Union Federation representing 120 national trade unions from 35 European countries, EFFAT defends the interests of more than 22 million workers towards the European Institutions, European employers’ associations and transnational companies. EFFAT is a member of the ETUC and the European regional organisation of the IUF.